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Stories from Friday, July 15, 2011

Gordon guilty of first-degree murder (07/15/11)
After 12 hours of hearing testimony and deliberating Thursday, July 14, a Stone County Circuit Court jury found Richard Gordon, of Viola, guilty of first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. "You are no longer a threat to society and, for that, we can all be thankful," Denise Clifton said directly to Gordon before the jury went back behind closed doors to determine Gordon's sentence...
Attempted child abduction under investigation (07/15/11)
Arkansas State Troopers and deputies of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department are searching for a suspect who they believe may have attempted to abduct a child near Viola July 14. Two nine-year-old girls have told Special Agents of the State Police Criminal Investigation Division that a man attempted to lure them to a truck when he stopped along U.S. Highway 62 near a home where the girls had been playing together...
Highway 142 widening requested (07/15/11)
At the monthly meeting of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Wednesday, July 13, in Farmington, area representatives were set to request road improvements for Oregon County. The meeting was set to begin at 10:30 a.m. and was open to the public and media. Results of that meeting were unavailable at press time...
Jury deliberations begin in Gordon trial (07/15/11)
After calling 16 witnesses over six and a half hours on Wednesday, July 13, the prosecution rested its case, finishing its second attempt to convince a jury that Richard Gordon of Viola is guilty of murder in the first degree. Gordon is being retried in Stone County, after a Fulton County jury deadlocked at the end of a September 2010 trial. ...
Water Authority optimistic about 43-mile expansion (07/15/11)
The Fulton County Water Authority is feeling more confident that a project to extend service to up to 340 rural homes will go forward. The project calls for 43 miles of new water lines, extending from Salem to Viola, north to Sturkie, east to Highway 395 and south toward Salem and the Camp area...
Thayer electric rates to go up (07/15/11)
In a special noontime meeting July 7, Thayer aldermen approved hiking city electric rates by 15 percent in September. Alderman Steve Alford motioned to increase the rates in an effort to curb city losses on the municipal utility, which then passed unanimously. The last electric rate increase was in 2009...
Brandsville Post Office future uncertain; other rural offices in jeopardy (07/15/11)
When the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service began in 2009 studying sites to close, rural post offices were not on the hit list. That has since changed, and has many residents concerned about the future of their local offices. The most recent to come under scrutiny is the tiny Brandsville Post Office in southern Howell County...
Fulton County man charged with rape; Salem woman faces drug charges (07/15/11)
A Fulton County man arrested on June 24 is facing charges of Rape and Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, after being accused of sexually abusing a family member. A Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy was sent to the home of Joe Dison, after a family member called the department to report he had observed Dison involved in a sexual act with a mentally disabled woman who lives with him...
Sex offender named interim Morriston fire chief (07/15/11)
A dispute at a recent Morriston Volunteer Fire Department meeting led to a vote to remove Chief Curtis Raines and his wife, Angie, from the board of directors and dismiss them as firefighters. That decision stunned many area firefighters, because of the Raines' dedication to developing training programs, which have allowed firefighters at all area departments to receive required training in the county, as opposed to traveling to other counties...
Gepp Post Office still on the chopping block (07/15/11)
After a well attended meeting in March to oppose the proposed closing of the Gepp Post Office, and submitting a petition, with 400 names, supporting their post office, Gepp residents have been anxiously awaiting further word from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)...
Fulton County Hospital passes 2012 budget (07/15/11)
The Fulton County Hospital Board of Governors met in regular session on Monday, June 27 and passed a proposed budget for 2012 that anticipates the hospital losing over $750,000. "This budget was created with the input of the staff," said hospital administrator Joe Hammond. ...
Tourney for Mammoth Spring building fund a success (07/15/11)
The Ozarka College Foundation Board hosted its first annual golf tournament at the Cherokee Village South Golf Course on June 11. Proceeds from the four-person scramble benefit the Mammoth Spring building fund. Event sponsors for the tournament were: First National Banking Company, Gladin-Eder Insurance Agency, Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, United Country Realty of Thayer, Two River Tee and Simmons Bank...
Hadley and Hayden Wagner (07/15/11)
James and Maegan Wagner of Mountain Home, Ark., announce the birth of twins Hayden James and Hadley Grace on May 1, 2011, in Little Rock. Hayden weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 17 1/2 inches long. Hadley weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 16 1/2 inches long...
Weatherses celebrate 50th anniversary (07/15/11)
Jim and Dean Weathers of Salem, Ark., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 28 with their children and grandchildren joining them for a family meal. The couple were married on May 27, 1961. Dean is retired from the Salem Housing Authority and Jim is employed by North Arkansas Electric Co-op...